Classical and #Detroit rust. @clasrevdet in the shadow of Michigan Central Station

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Everyone deserves a symphony.
CutTime® cooks ’em up HOT & FRESH!

Powerful symphony concerts take place in highly controlled settings for middle-to-highbrow audiences. But what about everyone else? Where are the casual and introductory experiences (low-to-middlebrow) for the rest of us?

CutTime answers the call with new classical to pop up a lively mix, extending the adventures of symphonic music boldly into restaurants, clubs, cafes, homes, churches, schools, festivals, even offices.

Started by former Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson, CutTime’s two flagship ensembles, CutTime Players® and CutTime Simfonica®, reset the symphony for both fun-loving public and veteran audiences. CutTime fans their passion for classical music with familiar hits and spirited performances, game-changing metaphors and audience games, funky-romantic new music and rotating musicians, which make sense of what is for most Americans a remote mystery.

We can serve both our music and the wider public with our own public domain. Wordless classical music is a deeply personal fantasy.  It’s time we cut classical music loose to belong to the world.
– Rick Robinson

Robinson has been an innovative force in bringing chamber ensembles into nontraditional venues and classrooms, mixing it up with a variety of creative repertoire and generally proving that classical music belongs not on the fringes of contemporary culture but at the heart of everyday life.
– Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press Music Critic

Robinson is bringing classical music to the masses— which may be one of the most challenging jobs in all of music.
Amy Haimerl, Crain’s Detroit Business

See CutTime swing on WDIV-TV.

From the menu you can…

  • Discover why classical music is overdue for this revolution.
  • See rich symphonic music nailed by a small band.
  • Hear new, tonal compositions that blend familiar urban pop grooves with dramatic development.
  • Support this new, hosted tradition of classical music that centers on the audience.